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Richton Park man ID’d in police-involved shooting

- By Mike Nolan mnolan@southtowns­tar.com Twitter @mnolan_j

A 32-year-old Richton Park man has been identified as the person killed in a police-involved shooting Monday in that suburb, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Mark Harvey, of the 22500 block of Jackson Court, close to where the shooting took place, was pronounced dead just before 3 p.m. Monday at St. James Olympia Fields Hospital, the medical examiner’s office reported Tuesday.

In a statement Monday, Park Forest police said officers from that department, as well as from Richton Park, were “directly involved in the exchange of gunfire” with a man who matched the descriptio­n of a suspect wanted in a shooting that happened in Park Forest earlier in the day.

The shooting took place in the 22500 block of Richton Square Road, according to the medical examiner.

Police said officers approached the man and ordered him to stop, but he didn’t and displayed a handgun.

“An exchange of gunfire ensued, and the man ran westbound,” according to the statement. “The exchange of gunfire occurred over an approximat­ely blocklong distance, at the conclusion of which the suspect collapsed.”

A firearm was recovered at the scene, police said.

Three Park Forest officers and one Richton Park officer were involved in the shootout, according to the statement, but it was not clear who opened fire first. Police said no officers were hit in the exchange of bullets.

Police said the man who was shot matched the descriptio­n of someone who had shot someone about 2 p.m. in the 400 block of Suwanee Street in Park Forest, just a few blocks east of the police-involved shooting.

Police said the victim in that shooting was able to speak and provide officers with a descriptio­n of his alleged assailant. The person shot was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with “life-threatenin­g injuries,” police said.

Illinois State Police will be involved in the investigat­ion of the officer-involved shooting.

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